Congo’s Ruling Coalition Collapses, Sparking a Political Crisis

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, Felix Tshisekedi, arrives to a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 12, 2019 (AP photo by Francois Mori).
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, Felix Tshisekedi, arrives to a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Nov. 12, 2019 (AP photo by Francois Mori).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Africa Watch by email every week. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s uneasy ruling coalition collapsed last Sunday, when President Felix Tshisekedi said in a televised address that his party would end its alliance with former President Joseph Kabila’s grouping. The announcement sparked violent clashes in Parliament this week between members of the two factions, raising fears of a prolonged power struggle in the conflict-wracked country. Tshisekedi moved quickly to take the upper hand, as […]

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